In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Sandy Alderson said Johan Santana is in a normal progression for Spring Training, throwing from around 75 feet on consecutive days.
Despite Alderson’s belief Santana should be ready to go for Spring Training, he warned:
“I didn’t want to set off alarms the last time I talked about this, but we are talking about somebody who’s coming off a long rehab. I think ultimately the questions are going to be answered in spring training, not beforehand. The answers in terms of his ability to come back and pitch consistently on normal days rest.”
Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder in September, 2010. He has not pitched in a major league game since, although he had several rehab outings over the course of the 2011 season. He went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA in 199 innings in 2010, and he’s entering the fifth year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract he signed before the 2008 season.
Despite the uncertainty regarding...